GeekHunt: Geek the Library in Austin, Texas

Karen Austin
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Published: 29 September 2014
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GeekHunt: Geek the Library in Austin, Texas

So you're visiting Austin, Texas, sitting outside enjoying some local barbecue, and a bus passes by featuring three things: a stunning photo of Grammy nominated local band Grupo Fantasma, the Austin Public Library logo, and the message: "Nosenloquecelamusica" or "Wegeekmusic".  It gets you wondering, and you ask yourself, "How is that band connected to the library?"  

The Geek the Library campaign is designed to cause that reaction, and now the Austin Public Library is challenging the residents of Austin, Texas, to play "Spot the Geek" as part of its Geek the Library campaign. As Austinites notice Geek the Library billboards and... Read more

Rural and Small Libraries Conference: ARSL 2014 Recap

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 29 September 2014
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Rural and Small Libraries Conference: ARSL 2014 Recap

What could be better than the best library conference in your own backyard? How about working for an organization that helps sponsor that conference (thank you OCLC), and allows you to present, learn, and network with nearly 400 other people who love rural and small libraries! Three of us from the WebJunction team attended the 2014 Association for Rural & Small Libraries annual conference in Tacoma and we're thrilled to provide you with a recap of this fabulous conference.

After our short commute, we joined a tour of three local libraries showcasing new construction and a remodel. We began... Read more

The App Days of Summer: Hacking San José's Summer Reading Program

Ahniwa Ferrari
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Published: 25 September 2014
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The App Days of Summer: Hacking San José's Summer Reading Program

Developing a partnership, developing an app - San José Public Library acknowledges that being in Silicon Valley, they may have more technology opportunities than some. For instance, when the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership appeared, they were right there and ready to jump on board; and when as part of that program, eBay opened up a pilot project called Opportunity Hack, a hackathon where non-profits and government organizations could pitch ideas to eBay's "hacker" team, San José had just the program to pitch.

San José's reading program was already excellent. They had a solid "gamified" approach to their Summer Reading Program,... Read more

How to Traverse the World of Accents

Mantra Roy
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Published: 23 September 2014
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How to Traverse the World of Accents

Have you encountered patrons who speak perfect English but with accents you are not familiar with? Have you asked them to repeat themselves so that you can address their queries? Have you felt distressed about not being able to reach your patrons half-way when it comes to their accented English?

In such situations, patrons have no problem with the English language; so, there is no need to find a colleague who will be able to communicate with them. It is often a question of being able to hear and understand the different sound. For example, in an American accent, "con"... Read more

Revisiting the Book Lady of New Orleans

Mantra Roy
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Published: 22 September 2014
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Revisiting the Book Lady of New Orleans

We all serve our communities by providing access to books and other resources in our libraries. Many of us struggle with tight budgets and talented but highly overworked staff. Some of us deal with similar situations under adverse circumstances, and, in response, some reach out to affected areas with their books on bicycles. One such is the Book Lady of New Orleans, Laurence Copel.

Copel moved to New Orleans from New York in 2010. She witnessed first-hand the need for books among the youth in the Ninth Ward, an area severely flooded and hard-hit by storm surges during hurricane Katrina... Read more

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